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      Raising Heartbeats Challenge

      You’ve bowled us over, dear participants! Together, we collected 161,017 hearts, each and every one of them created by you and your sporting commitment. For eight days, you’ve been rowing, running, cycling, and keeping moving for a good cause. This warms our heart!

      Thanks to you, today we’re not only celebrating 150 years of Continental, but also giving something back to society by supporting charitable projects with the hearts we collected.

      We’d like to pay tribute to so much commitment, sweat and enjoyment. So we’ve decided to increase the donations to a total of €180,000 to support six projects from three different regions of the world with an even bigger contribution.

      Until yesterday, our colleagues from Continental worldwide had the opportunity to vote for their heart projects – now, the projects that make your heart beat faster have been chosen!

      The descriptions explain what each individual project is committed to, and can now continue to work on with the help of your collected donations.

      Finally, a big thank you to each and every one of you for your valuable contribution and your sporting commitment!

      Find out more here about the heart projects that our employees have selected worldwide:

      Miyawaki Forests (India) | Environmental Protection

      The Miyawaki method is one of the most effective ways of planting trees to quickly create a forest on degraded areas once used for other purposes, such as agriculture or construction. In this way, dense, native, self-sustaining forests can be created within two or three years. Miyawaki forests reduce air and noise pollution, attract native birds and insects, and reduce CO2 emissions. Find out more here: www.sei.org

      Food Bank Yokohama (Japan)| Environmental Protection

      Food Bank Yokohama is a non-profit organization that collects food not used in the food supply chain or discarded. It distributes this food to homeless people and social institutions in Yokohama. It also supports children by providing eLearning services. Find out more here: www.fbyokohama.jp

      Project Uerê (Brazil) | Education, Diversity & Equal Opportunities

      The UERÊ project is a privately financed, high-quality school in the shanty towns of Rio de Janeiro, aimed specifically at children and young people between 6 and 18 from disadvantaged social backgrounds. The project uses its own UERÊ-MELLO learning method, which was especially developed for children and young people with cognitive and emotional blocks due to permanent stress from trauma and violence. Find out more here: www.projetouere.org

      El Instituto de Ayuda Humanitaria, A.C. “NEEDED” (Mexico) | Education, Diversity & Equal Opportunities

      El Instituto de Ayuda Humanitaria, A.C. “NEEDED” provides specialized and comprehensive care for abused children to promote their personal development and integration into family and society. For 20 years, the charity has been fighting the mistreatment of children in Mexico. Find out more here: www.needed.org.mx

      Unity in Africa FoundationiGems  (South Africa) | Education, Diversity & Equal Opportunities

      The UINA Foundation has set itself the goal of supporting disadvantaged pupils in Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth). As part of its iGEMS (incubating Great Engineering MindS) program, it promotes and provides qualified engineers who are capable of employment and suitable for work, and who have the will and passion to give their workplace added value. Find out more here: www.uina.co.za

      Code for Romania  (Romania) | Education, Diversity & Equal Opportunities

      Code for Romania is a community of almost 2,000 volunteers who develop digital open-source tools to solve societal challenges and create a stronger society. Their mission is to create innovations using open data, transparency and civil society technologies. Find out more here: www.code4.ro

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